Katie + Jonny

Ste. Genevieve Wedding Photographers - Ste. Genevieve Wedding Photos by Oldani Photography

Ste. Genevieve Catholic Church / Heart of St. Charles / Old Town St. Charles

Describe you as a couple in about 15 words or phrases: love to laugh, old school, food enthusiasts, on each other's team, and never on time

What is your story?: For the first month and a half, we went on casual dates, once a week, taking our time getting to know each other. After Labor Day weekend, something changed. Suddenly we were seeing each other every day, weekdays and weekends. In October, Katie's wrecked her car and the first person she wanted to call was Jonny. At that point, we both knew this was something special. We were engaged by August 2014 and continue to grow, love, and laugh every day - it just keeps getting better!

What was your first date?: July 19, 2013 - We met on a blind date. A friend who Katie works with set up the date. She and her husband, her brother-in-law and his wife, and Jonny and Katie went to Trailhead for dinner. The brother in law and Jonny have been friends since they were kids. After dinner Jonny's friend and wife and Jonny and Katie went to Llewellyns. The four of us had some drinks and Katie beat him in a couple rounds of Silver Strike.

Tell us about the proposal: The weekend we moved in to our house (August 24, 2014) Jonny said he wanted to take Katie to dinner to celebrate. Just as we were about to leave the house to head to dinner Jonny said he wanted to give Katie something. Katie sat on the couch with her eyes closed. When she opened her eyes, Jonny was standing in front of her with a large gym bag. He pulled out a "This place is home" sign to hang in our new home and it is a reference to "our song". Jonny said he had one more surprise, so Katie closed her eyes. When she opened her eyes, Jonny was on one knee with a ring. He asked Katie to marry him and she said, "YES!". He then said we had to get going because both of our parents were waiting for us at dinner. This brought tears to Katie's eyes. However, when we arrived at Llewelyns (the same spot as our first date) 80+ people were there for the "SURPRISE". It was unbelievable and perfect.

What is the mixtape of your relationship?: 

  • Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros - HOME
  • Tim McMorris - Overwhelmed
  • Any song by Frank Siinatra
  • Eels - I Like the Way This is Going

Katie, What do you love most about Jonny?: He makes me laugh - all the time. He is a good man to me and will be the best dad. (I couldn't pick just one!)

Jonny, What do you love most about Katie?: She's genuine, kind hearted and thinks I'm funny

Describe your perfect Saturday together: A drive out to in the country with the windows down, music turned up and laughing and talking while we drive.

Bride fun fact: Katie has wrecked every car she has owned (see our story ;))

Groom fun fact: Jonny knows lyrics that most people think is just jibberish the artist created

Any pets?: Lucy, our 10 year old miniature dachshund/miniature pinscher. She started out as Katie's but has wiggled her way into Jonny's heart and now they are best buds.

What is your date style?:  We love a variety of things depending on our mood. We love going out and having drinks at a bar or nice restaurant. We love taking long drives in the country during nice weather and then eating at the local town cafe. Some nights, sitting at home and watching a movie off the DVR is perfection. During day dates, we like heading to COSTCO together and getting groceries for the week. We just like being together and laughing all the way through.

Jonny, What do you claim as your hometown?: St. Charles

Katie, What do you claim as your hometown?: Ste. Genevieve

Do either of you have a hobby? If so, what is it?: We are both involved in community activities, but no particular hobbies.

"First Dance" song: Overwhelmed by Tim McMorris

Bride's Dress: The Wedding Gallery

Bridesmaid's Dresses: Target

Caterer: Heart of St. Charles

DJ: Millennium Productions

Flowers: Treasured Memories

Groom / Groomsman's Suits: Thro's

Hair: Le Techniques

Invitations / Programs / Other: Jaclyn Jezik -One-Twenty-Two (invitations and programs)/ Wehmeyer - menus

Makeup: Le Techniques

Transportation: Road Runner

Nichole is married to TJ Oldani. Together they are Oldani Photography.